Oracle OTM


I have half a dozen news items sitting on my desk that are too small for an article, but too interesting to ignore. That happens a lot around here at the JD Edwards Advisor. So here’s what I’m going to do. Every once in awhile, I’ll group the best items into a single column. In keeping with my promise, here are this month’s tips, traps, and tangents.

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When IBM announced i5/OS V6R1 late last month, it also unveiled a complete repackaging of its application development tools for the System i. That could have a significant impact on JD Edwards sites, as many World and EnterpriseOne shops use System i development tools. To learn more about the repackaging, check out IBM’s new web site on the subject. Then, read an analysis of the repackaging from Joe Pluta, a System i development tools expert.

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Has your company ever tried to calculate the savings it could realize if it could make more effective shipping decisions? Since most JD Edwards customers are heavy shippers of unfinished supplies and finished goods, many of them could realize significant benefits from more intelligent systems for automating transportation-related business processes. As such, it did not surprise us to find a JD Edwards user that is reaping big savings from Oracle Transportation Management (OTM), a solution that Oracle acquired when it purchased G-Log in 2005. Fortunately for us, the customer — Minnesota-based Land O’Lakes — was willing to let us write a case study about its OTM deployment. This article tells you how you can get that case study and learn from the company’s experience.

Of course, Land O’Lakes is not the only company that is deploying offerings like OTM. However, what makes Land O’Lakes interesting is the fact that Oracle is increasingly encouraging JD Edwards customers to deploy OTM and other applications from its growing stable of acquired vendors. To make such deployments more appealing, the software giant is developing technology offerings to integrate some of its applications with JD Edwards software. While such offerings are still in their infancy, they have the potential to significantly expand the functionality that can be easily integrated with EnterpriseOne and World. That potential should expand as Oracle ramps up development of its Application Integration Architecture.

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After months of waiting, JD Edwards World users can celebrate an important milestone in the transformation of their applications. This morning, World General Manager John Schiff officially unwrapped World A9.1, a new version of the enterprise application suite, to a packed room of customers. World A9.1 features about 1,300 enhancements in three major categories.

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Ever since Oracle announced its Applications Unlimited strategy last year, it has made it clear that it plans to enhance JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and World for years to come. However, the vendor has been less clear about the specific enhancements it will make to the applications and the timelines for those enhancements. That appears to be changing, as Oracle executives are becoming increasingly open with us about their product road map through the rest of this decade. What they are saying leads us to conclude that EnterpriseOne will continue to be a viable solution well beyond 2010. That should reassure current users who are concerned about the impact that Oracle’s Fusion Applications will have on their software.

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